New Delhi: Unearthing of VVIP Chopper Scam has added another discredit to the UPA government in continuity of series of corruption surfaced in the past three years of its second regime. The Opposition parties have also ridiculed the government stating that magnitude of the scams surfaced during UPA is bigger than the yearly budget of any developed country of the world.
The parties have also alleged that a large number of corruption cases during the Congress-led UPA regime is jeopardizing the image of the nation globally.
Let us have a look at the list of scams being highlighted in the recent years.
2008 2G Spectrum scam: It is India’s most debated scam of recent time which caused a huge loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer as per the estimation of CAG. According to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the then Telecom Minister A Raja rigged government norms at the time of inviting biddings for the auction of 2G spectrums and awarded 2G spectrum licences to telecom firms in 2008 at throw away prices of 2001 on first-come-first-serve (FCFS) basis without carrying proper bidding process.
2010 Commonwealth Scam: This has been another major scams during UPA government’s regime. Even before the long awaited sporting bonanza could start, the grand event was caught in the web of irregularities on all quarters. According to the CAG, the estimated loss due to the irregularities was Rs 70000 crore. The Central Vigilance Commission, involved in probing the alleged corruption in various Commonwealth Games-related projects, has found discrepancies in tenders like payment to non-existent parties, delays in execution of contracts, over-inflated price and bungling in purchase of equipments. Former Organizing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who is under trial, is believed to be the real villain behind CWG scam.
Adarsh Scam: The Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai’s Colaba area was built for the welfare of serving and retired personnel of the Defence Services especially for the families of Kargil martyrs. In 2010, the media reports talked about discrepancies in the allotment of the flats. Top politicians, bureaucrats and others were found to have got flats allotted for themselves at artificially lowered prices. During the investigations, names of three former chief ministers of Maharashtra- Sushilkumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan surfaced. Ashok Chavan had to step down from the Chief Minister’s post after allegations.
Coal scam: India's official auditor Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had revealed that the lack of transparency in the allocation of coal blocks to private players resulted in a loss of a whopping Rs.1.85 lakh crore (USD 37 billion) to the exchequer during the period 2004-2009.
Chopper deal scam: The most recent to join the list of these scams is Rs 3600 crore Italian Chopper deal scam. The name of former IAF chief SP Tyagi has surfaced in this scam. IAF had sought AgustaWestland choppers for its elite Communication Squadron. The contract for the helicopters was signed in February 2010 and the first helicopter was delivered in December 2010. As per the initial reports, Rs 362 crore was allegedly paid as kickbacks to ensure AgustaWestland win the contract. Finmeccanica's (manufacturer of AgustaWestland) chief Giuseppe Orsi was arrested on February 12 by Italian authorities.